- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A top White House adviser is speaking in South Carolina at a community summit on boosting high school graduation rates.

Rafael Lopez is a senior adviser in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He speaks on Friday in Charleston at what is called a regional GradNation Summit.

During the daylong meeting, young people will also speak about the importance of having a mentor in their lives. There will also be a discussion of how career awareness and apprenticeships with local businesses can result in more students getting their degrees.

Charleston is one of 100 communities across the nation hosting a summit.

GradNation is an effort to increase the national high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020.

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